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a deadly crane collapse in the holy city of mecca with scores dead and more than 200 injured. we'll have the latest on what could have caused it and why. plus, devisions remain over the nuclear iran deal. we'll have more on the split reaction in congress. and -- full steam ahead. a vatican train opens to the general public in another unorthodox move by the pontiff. and as his u.s. visit nears, we'll have a look at how the leader of the catholic church
continues to surprise us all. welcome to viewers in the u.s. and around the world. i'm andrew stevens and this is "cnn newsroom." we begin in saudi arabia where an investigation is now underway after a crane collapsed on the grand mosque in mecca killing at least 107 people. more than 200 people were injured when the crane came down during a storm around 5:30 p.m. local time on friday. cell phone videos captured the moment it fell. the tragedy struck just days before the heart of the annual pilgrimage which draws millions of visitors to the mosque. cranes were in the area working on the expansion project for the event. mecca's grand mosque is most crowded on fridays, that's the muslim weekly day of prayer. it's the largest mosque in mecca to surround the holiest site.
that's a massive cube-shaped place where millions of worshippers come during the year. most of them come during the annual pilgrimage to mecca which is later this month. this expansion was going to accommodate up to 400,000 square meters and hold up to 2 million people at once. multiple cranes were in the area because of the expansion project. and earlier my colleague linda kinkade spoke to the chaplain who has been to that mosque before. >> my understanding is that the expansion on the mosque is meant for the benefit and for the safety of the pilgrims and surely it would not have been left in place. having said that, though, i must say that some engineers i talked to said that even so, the collapse of such a crane, regardless of when it happens, is something that shouldn't have
happened and is a sign of some negligence. and indeed i understand that the governor of the province in which mecca is located has called for an investigation. >> i want to lay out that some mecca officials say the crane fell because of whether. ian law is here with the full-scale investigation that now has been launched at this stage. it is still very early days, obviously, can we be any clearer as to what lies behind the collapse of this crane? >> reporter: well, andrew, the investigative committee is going to look at a few things. one thing is, was this crane secure or was there a default to this crane? they are going to comb over it looking for any clues that might lead to the cause of the collapse. but also they are going to look at the weather at the time. this was a freak isolated thunderstorm when winds reaching up to 80 kilometers per hour,
heavy rain, lightning at the time, they are going to be seeing if this really was just an act of nature. that this sort of storm was able to push over this crane. but right now they are looking into every little detail and will be going over all those videos that people have been posting online to see if there's any clues there. mecca or the kaaba is surrounded by more than a dozen cranes, so they are going to be looking at those cranes as well to see what effect that storm had on them. >> as you say, many, many cranes are around that holy site at the moment. so given that the harsh start in about ten days from there, why are there so many cranes there? >> reporter: mecca is constantly under construction. expanding to accommodate the growing number of people, muslims from arounded the world that come annually for the hajj. this current construction
project was to increase it to 2 million people to accommodate in that area so that they can partake in the hajj all together. they are expecting roughly 200 million pilgrims this year to partake and that's what the construction was for. and it was also for to help make it a safer environment for people who are undergoing a hajj. they have had track digedies in pa. there's been hundreds of stan tees. in one instance more than 100 people have died. so it's sad that this incident happened right leading up to the pilgrima pilgrimage. >> this incident trying to make the hajj safer. just on the hajj, what were we expecting, 2 million people from around the world? is this likely to deter some of the pilgrims? >> reporter: most likely not. this is something that people
plan their entire lives to go to. part of one of the penance of islam, one of the five pillars is to go on the hajj if you are financially or physically able to. people, a lot of people here in egypt will save their life savings, save their entire lives to be able to participate in this. so it will be unlikely that it will really deter people from going forward. but it also does put pressure on the saudi government to come up with what causes this accident, or more than likely to make sure something like this doesn't happen again as 2 million people from around the world do descend on this city. >> ian, thank you very much joining us live from cairo. we'll have more on the story throughout the hours ahead. now turning to other news, in the middle east 50 people have been killed and dozens more injured after an explosion at a restaurant in central india. police say the restaurant in the state of mejja was crowded with
people having breakfast. but police say a tenant was storing licensed exiplosioves i the building. rescuers are still searching for survivors. we turn now to the latest in the migrant crisis. thousands more migrants are flocking into austria and hungary right now. this video shows them waiting in grim conditions at the hungarian/serbia border. they are expected to see thousands of migrants before next week. they are expected to make it there before the fence is done by october to stop the influx. the barbed wire fence is 175 kilometers long and 4 meters high. a video that emerged in hungary is raising concerns over the
treatment of refugees. one says this resembles animals fed in a pen. arwa damon shows us what happens near the serbia border. >> reporter: the sandwiches carelessly thrown into the crowd by hungarian police. the activist who filmed this on september 9th could not believe what she was seeing. surely the hungarian police could not be distributing food like this to refugees and migrants who just trekked for weeks. people who fled war, ab jacket abject other things, but sadly this treatment is the norm. it happened here in this blue building, one of the main
transit camps close to the hungarian border with serbia. refugees we talked to were all appalled and horrified by their experience here. from the lack of adequate food and water to the cramped conditions to the lack of sanitation and access to medical care. they all said their treatment was inhumane. for many the hardships to western europe are anticipated, but no one expected the treatment they saw here in hungary. it's a prison and it's surrounded by guards the syrian refugee we met previously told us. they throw the water at us and you have to scramble for it like an animal. we met at the budapest train station. she did not want her identity disclosed, unable to bear the thought of her loved ones seeing her languish like this. the human rights watch like the migrants entering the camp
describe the conditions as bismol, further stating that the massive influx of 3,000 crossing daily do not absolve hungary of its projects and is treating those who have already been through so much with some humanity. arwa damon, hungary. floodwaters are revehicle coding in parts of northeast japan but rescuers are still on a mission to pull people from their water logged home. twice the amount of rain that normally falls in a month fell in just a day in some places. at least three people have been killed in the landslides and 23 people are still missing. rescue teams are using boats and helicopters to get people to the emergency shelters set up. 175,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes. remembering the victims of 9/11.
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9/11, and all people who were killed on that day. and i've had an opportunity as president to meet with many of the survivors, the family members of those who were killed and on this particular day we are constantly reminded of their loss. we want to let them know that we do not forget those who were fallen. we are inspired by the survivors. many of whom still have the scars both seen and unseen of that terrible, terrible day. >> nearly 3,000 lives were lost when terrorists hijacked and crashed four passenger planes on that day. it was the deadliest terrorist attack on american soil. well, in u.s. politics a presidential hopeful has lost hope. former texas governor rick perry
addressed the public on friday and said he's dropping his bid for the white house. >> when i gave my life to christ, i said, your ways are greater than my ways. your will is superior to mine. today i submit to you his will remains a mystery, but some things have come and become very clear to me. that is why today i am suspended my campaign for the presidency of the united states. >> perry has been polling in the single digits and recently stopped paying campaign staffers across the country. his presidential race lasted just 100 days. and you can watch all the republican candidates for president face-off next week. cnn is hosting back-to-back
debates at the reagan presidential library. donald trump, ben carson, jeb bush and others will take the stage. and the sparks could fly if this week was any indication. make sure you tune in on wednesday, september 16th at 11:00 p.m. in london, 6:00 p.m. in new york only here on cnn. well, later this month the obama administration will begin implementing terms of the nuclear deal with iran. the republican-led u.s. house of representatives held two votes on friday airing the majority's disapproval of the agreement. the votes came one day after the senate secured the deal and while only symbolic, it came as the white house was announcing plans from israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu who strongly opposes the nuclear deal. that agreement not dis withstanding remains in the cross hairs with key leaders in iran. on iran the iatol t ayatollah h
to say. fred, why would the supreme leader be choosing now to make these sorts of inflammatory comments? >> reporter: andrew, it wasn't just the comments he made about israel. it was also the comments he made about the u.s. as well saying that america would remain the great saint and there wouldn't be negotiations with the united states beyond the nuclear agreement. so certainly maintaining that hard line. i think what this all goes back to is that here in iran, just like in many other countries, there is politics. and those politics are very divisive and staunch. one of the things we know is that the supreme leaders constituency, the people who are his most loyal backers are the conservatives here in this country. they are talking about the
religious clergy but you're also talking about the military, and especially the hard-line revolutionary guards. and they feel they have not necessarily gotten a good deal out of the nuclear deal. they feel like iran has given up too much. they feel especially the military that they don't have the access to weapons on the international market it would like to have. and so there is some controversy among conservatives. they are not the majority. the majority of the people here in iran want the nuclear deal, but they are the audience that the supreme leader, even though he's the overarching leader here, does need to look after. >> it's interesting that he's the overall leader and could if he wanted to actually still end this deal. >> reporter: i'm sure he could if he wanted to. if he said he changed his mind, if he felt that the nuclear agreement was not good for iran, then he certainly could do that since he is the final authority on everything here in this
country. and so it is something that is certainly possible, but it probably won't happen. since you have the public opinion, e the did give his blessings for the negotiations to go forward and signed on to the agreement with the first initial agreement being made between the p5 plus o1 with ira. but he has the authority to do that, andrew. >> when you talk to iranians in the streets of tehran, you say that most people are in favor of this. how enthusiastic are they? >> reporter: well, i think they are very enthusiastic. i think on the one hand there are some who fear that the transition, that is going to occur here in the iranian economy, could be somewhat messy. they don't want things to go astray as they have in some other country that is went through fundamental economic reforms.
also, it is something to worry many people in the government as well, whether or not it can be contained to the economic sector. but by and large, if you look at firms here in iran and local business people in iran, workers here in iran, all of them are very optimistic because they know that they have a very young population, a very well educated population. a population that in spite of the sanctions that have been on this country for so many years have managed to keep together a very impressive economy, even outside the hydrocarbon connectors. if you look at the auto industry sort of suffering right now, just being able to manufacture cars in large quantities and export them is certainly something that is quite remarkable. so they feel they have the tools to succeed in a worldwide economy and now they feel like they are going to get the fuel to help them do that with foreign direct investment. but you can already see the delegations poring in from various countries. you have the germans, the
french, the us a taustrians as . and coming in on the airplane, you will see a lot of business people with the flights absolutely packed with business people coming in here. >> there are not many economies left in the world that still have the potential left in them, i guess. fred, before you go, i'm just curious, has the average iranian had access to the sort of debate in the u.s. about this? i mean, has it been watched very closely in iran? >> reporter: well, the state media here is very much controlled. however, the iranian population is very well versed in international politics. if you go out on the street, then you will see the majority of people here certainly are aware of the international debates. they have hair opinions on the international debates, but it is very well informed opinion. so they do keep up with world events, even with obviously
commentary here, especially for the hard-line news outlets going only in one direction. you will find that people give various opinions on things. so it's a very well-informed debate being led here. people are very well aware of where they stand in the united states, in europe, in world politics and certainly how that relates to iran at this point in time. >> okay, fred, thank you so much. fred planken joining us live from tehran. after a humiliating defeat in the elections last month. the labor party will announce a new leader in the coming hours. and a surprise candidate appeared as the favorite. jeremy corbyn is a 66-year-old socialist who has been a member of parliament for several years. his policies have faced criticism from senior figures within his own party. now max foster has more. >> reporter: this is the kind of
reception usually reserved for star politicians. not party outsiders like jeremy corbyn. but his campaign for the labor leadership has gained unexpected momentum bringing a new wave of support to the far left. >> move on from the blame culture. move on to the collective and how things are achieved. >> reporter: corbyn is a well-known activist regularly appearing at anti-establishment demonstrations over his 32 years as an mp. his straight talking often super creeding party politics regularly rebelling against his own leadership in parliamentary votes. most famously when they chose to go with the u.s.-led invasion with iraq in 2002 still asking for answers. >> it is absolutely disgraceful
that the current cabinet secretary should refuse letters sent by then prime minister blair to the then president bush. >> reporter: he barely had enough nominations to even run for the labor leadership let alone to win the leadership contest on its head. but corbyn is topping the polls and attracting supporters by the dozen. >> your whole life and career has been about banking. >> reporter: some pundits say it's his frank talk to put him ahead of the other three contenders. >> this is exactly why jeremy corbyn is shown in this poll this morning and way ahead of the rest of you. because he's given me a straight answer. >> reporter: his competition, all high-labor mps highly endorsed by the party. but even as he surges in the polls, corbyn's hard left
policies are drawing criticism from senior labor party members who warning if he wins, the party will suffer and even more dismal outcome than it did of the former leader. based on anti-austerity, raising taxes for the rich and nuclear disarmament, he's won the backing of a key support for labor, the u.k.'s biggest trade unions. >> that was london correspondent max foster reporting. and cnn will bring you the latest announcement when it happens. we're expecting that in a couple of hours from now. singapore's ruling party is celebrating a sweeping victory at the polls. they are casting ballots in a snap parliamentary election on friday and results show that the people's action party are winning 83 of the 89 seats. and that strengthens the mandate
of the prime minister who has been in power since 2004. lee is the son of the founder ki kwan yu. well, nearly 3 million people are receiving evacuation advisories after the river known as the demon's rough and others like it overflowed their banks. we have the latest on japan's rescue operations just ahead. oh, look. we have a bunch of...
welcome back to viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm andrew stevens. here's an update on the top stories we're following this hour. rescue workers are searching for survivors after a powerful explosion in central india. police say at least 50 people have been killed and dozens more injured after licensed explosives blew up in the building in the state of new delhi. the restaurant was crowded with people when the blast ripped through the area. a plane flying from colombia crashed on friday carrying crew members from a recently wrapped tom cruise film. two people were killed including allen cohen. for 30 years cohen piloted planes that carried camera crews. he captured aerials recorded for movies and tv shows.
and venezuela's opposition leader is sentenced to 13 years in jail for insighting violence during anti-government protests last year. on twitter he urged australians to start a democratic rebirth by participating in the next parliamentary elections. a bad storm is being blamed for toppling a construction crane at the grand mosque in mecca. it killed at least 107 people and injured more than 200. a video captured the moment the crane fell on friday. it comes a little more than a week before the hajj, the annual pilgrimage to bring millions of muslims to the city. i want to stay on that story now. meteorologist derek van dam is here to talk about the weather conditions at the time of the crane collapse in mecca. many people have now seen that video of the crane coming down. and the video shows conditions
pretty bad. >> terrifying moments in mecca, andrew. and we have another piece of video to show you. hopefully you can see just how strong the winds were moving across the grand mosque. look at the moment when this actually crane collapsed and fell. you can actually see some of the particulates in the air. that's a mixture of dust and rain. remember, this is a very dry, arab part of the world. the question still stands, why do we still have cranes in and around this area when one of them happens to collapse? it's going to lead to an investigation. there's a lot of questions surrounding why only that one particular crane gave way to the winds. now this is a storm as it moved through mecca. you can see the colder cloud tops indicated with that shading of red and yellow. that is the super cell thunderstorms extending high into the atmosphere. this is the set up. we have a fast-forming low pressure system and a subsequent cold front. that was the trigger mechanism
necessary to allow for this thunderstorm to develop across mecca. by the way, this is very abnormal for this time of the year. typically this is one of the dryer months they have. and take a look at this. temperatures as that cold front moved through. and the subsequent thunderstorm and downdrafts spread out causing the strong winds. the temperature dropped over 15 degrees in mecca. this is from the time when the crane gave way at 5:23 in the evening on friday. and as we progress over the next two hours as that cold front spread across the area, the thunderstorm moved through mecca that quickly and cooled that temperature down changing the dynamics of the atmosphere. and really leading to a dangerous situation there. unfortunately, there are more thunderstorms in this forecast. and still with cranes in and around the grand mosque, they want to make sure everything is completely secure. because who is to say another thunderstorm couldn't do a
similar situation going forward. look at this climatology of mecca in september. one of the driest months, but the computer models indicate the thunderstorms being triggered from the red sea and the interaction with the land there. so andrew, it appears as if the possibility of more storms exists heading into the end of the weekend. >> and we've got nine days, september 21 is when the hajj starts and they expect 2 million pilgrims. derek, thank you for that. derek van dam bringing you the latest on conditions in mecca. we'll continue to cover this story throughout the day. we want to turn now to another leading story, which is the weather conditions in japan. emergency officials there are warning nearly 3 million people in northeastern japan to be prepared to evacuate if orders come. historic flooding has hit the region over the past few days. in just 24 hours some areas have received more than double the amount of rain they would normally get for the entire month of september.
extraordinary deluges in that area. let's go now to will ripley joining us from one of the hardest hit areas 45 kilometers northeast of the capital of tokyo. will, as i say, there's been several days now, and i'm just wondering to begin with, have authorities now been able to reach every they need to? or are there still some people who haven't been helped? >> reporter: two days on there are still a handful of people, andrew, who are stranded. not just necessarily here but in other flooded areas throughout eastern japan where rivers have overflowed their banks. but what they are doing, this is the japanese self-defense force highly trained to deal with natural disasters like this. we even felt a moderate earthquake here today, but here they are responding to the flooding. and what they have done is been out on boats and patrolling this particular neighborhood. and now they are clearing out all the heavy gear and will move
on to another area because they say they have been able to check all of these homes. and you can see the homes off in the distance there that are still, in many cases, surrounded by water and do not believe anybody is inside there. but as of earlier this afternoon, andrew, there was a hospital where there were dozens of people who needed to be rescued. they were using helicopters and boats to clear those people out. and there are still more than a dozen people not accounted for in this area here alone. so the concern is that if somebody either didn't contact authorities and are okay or they are in one of these flooded out buildings and haven't been able to call for help. so that's why they are going door to door here, andrew. >> absolutely. the search continues there. from talking to the survivors and the people that have been rescued by the authorities, what are the stories you are hearing? >> reporter: you know, it's incredible, one thing we hear over and over again is how quickly the water came up. and people didn't have time to grab anything but themselves,
really. you can see, in fact, one of the survivors is here and i'll tell you her story in a moment. she was out on one of the boats earlier today. because when they left their home, when this family left their home, they left their dog behind. they didn't have time to grab their dog. and so their dog was standing on a wet pile of logs for some two days without any food. so they asked the soldiers if they could go on one of their amphibious vehicles and look for the family pet. we were there when the vehicle arrived back several hours ago and there was a reunion. they found the dog safely, reunited not only with the parents but also the grandparents as well. there were a lot of tears. listen to what they told us about their whole ordeal. >> the water was all the way up to my chest when they went to my garden, up to my neck maybe 2 meters. >> reporter: will you be able to salvage your home? >> translator: no, we couldn't take anything. it took only five minutes for
the water to rise from my feet to my chest. >> translator: we could only save ourselves, nothing else. >> reporter: what have the past few days been like for you two? >> translator: i could not sleep at all. i worried about my home. i'm worrying about our dog being left alone. >> translator: it's not enough that she's alive. that's really enough. >> reporter: and here's this family looking down the empty road covered in grass. it was under water just this time yesterday. and they like so many other people, andrew, are simply wondering what they are going to do. they are glad they have each other and are glad to be back together. so at least they have that comfort as they try to put their lives back together surrounded by so much damage here. >> absolutely. as you say, the most important thing is that the family is still together. will win lee, thanks so much for that reporting. we'll take a short break and when we come back,
accounts of mistaken identity and a takedown by a new york police officer has given the retired tennis star james blake a new way of popularity with tennis fans. blake formally ranked number four in the world received an ovation from the crowd on friday when attending the u.s. open semifinals. he was attacked on wednesday while waiting outside the grand hyatt hotel on friday. the new york police department released surveillance video to support what blake said happened. here's the details. >> reporter: james blake is seen standing outside a manhattan hotel when an undercover cop
tackles him. the video shows the officer working an identity theft investigation throwing blake to the ground and handcuffing him. the former tennis star was released about ten minutes later when officers realized they had the wrong man. the officer involved, james frescatori, is already a defendant in two other lawsuits demanding excessive force. he's been placed on desk duty and apologies were made by new york officials. >> at this time i see this as a case of excessive force, inappropriate force. >> i want to apologize to him on behalf of the city of new york. this shouldn't have happened. and he shouldn't have been treated this way. and i think it is a reminder of why we have to continue to make reforms. >> reporter: blake said in a statement released friday he appreciates the apologies but courtesy was not enough. he said he wants to use the incident to help change the relationship between the police and the people they serve. and blake called on the city to make a, quote, significant financial commitment to
improving that relationship. i'm kim hutchinson reporting. >> joey jackson talked about this incident on friday and says the plain-clothed officer's tactics appeared to be excessive. >> we have to know and understand police certainly have a difficult job. they want to go home at the end of the day, jim, we get that. however, there's a certain type of protocol associated with making a stop. now, going back to whether the stop is proper. if somebody identifies him and said, i'm a thousand percent sure it's that guy, certain police have a proper and legal basis to go up and to do what is called a pat-frisk. and they do that for their safety. >> that's better than tackling them. >> exactly, way different. it's the tactics that are associated with the stop that causes pause. and there's a use of force
continuam that suggests that any use has to be proportionate to any threat posed. so therefore it doesn't appear. so it's troubling and problematic and as much as it's one thing for the officer to make inquiries to say we have reports of or maybe you get backup and surround him if you are concerned for your safety. but outright tackling him, it seemingly is without basis and that's what the frustration is here. >> nypd internal affairs is investigating the incident and has already interviewed blake. police commissioner bill bratton has agreed to meet with blake and his representatives to discuss blake's ideas for change. well, from compassion to comedy to controversy, we'll show you how pope francis has surprised the world as pope. it's a sign of early gum disease...
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pope francis opened the smallest railway network to the public for the first time. he's keen to show the world the church, like the train, is not a museum. >> reporter: steam billowing in the 100-year-old locomotive that pulls out of the vatican's normally disused train station for the cameras. moments later it's back in again. friday was press day to mark a new papal initiative, the brain child of pope francis. he's decided to open up the once exclusive vatican rail line to the public every saturday, taking them from vatican city to the pope's traditional summer residence south of rome. not everyone at the vatican has been a fan of modern transportation. pope gregory xvi before he died in 1846 reportedly described the
train as road ofhell. there won't be so much fire and brimstone when regular service begins on friday. the railway company will lay out modern trains for the trip. the director of the vatican museum joined journalists on the ride. >> translator: this is an act of great generosity by pope francis. he wanted to give as a gift his private residence to his people to ordinary people. >> reporter: the train ride from the vatican to castel gondalfo takes an hour and a half charmed by aqua ducts along the way and up to the hills. pope francis is also opening up
castel gondalfo to the public seven days aweek as well as the gardens. in any event, he's never stayed here. the pope has eagerly renounced many of the trackings of his predecessors, a simple white and black shoe have replaced the ornate robes and slippers. but he's moved out of the spacious papal apartment and into a bare two-room sweet at the vatican red dense. giving up his summer digs and private railway underscore his drive for a simpler no-frills papal lifestyle continues full steam ahead. well, from the crowds he draws all over the world, it's easy to see just how beloved pope francis is becoming. he stirred things up the moment he became leader of the catholic church surprising many. and he's had a lot of fun, too.
jason carroll has more. >> reporter: in just over two years pope francis showed the world how the leader of the catholic church can be compassionate, comedic, controversial and captivating. here are some ways the pontiff has surprised us all. for one, he certainly hasn't been shy about getting up close and personal with his fans. from letting someone play with his cap and giving a pair of schoolboys a lift in the pope mobile to even posing in a few selfies. and remember the homely when a young boy walked up stage to get a closer look at the pope, even kissing his cross. the pontiff didn't seem to mind. several cardinals even tried to persuade the child to leave but he refused. instead, wrapping his arms around the pope's legs and then was allowed to sit in his chair while the pope gave a speech. in another enduring moment, pope francis clowned around with a newlywed couple and dawned a red nose with the bride and groom. and then there's the humble side
of the pope, at a detention center in rome, he washed the feet of a couple traditionalists. it is written in law that only men can take part in the ceremony that reenacts jesus washing the feet of his 12 disciples. all of whom were men. in another sign of humility, pope francis embraced a disfigured man suffering from a genetic skin condition known as neurofibermitosis. that image went viral. and he also made news that conservatives believe he's making too many changes too quickly. he authorized priests to forgive abortion and make it easier and faster to get an annulment. he issued a papal and cyclical about the dangers of climate change pleading for global action to help stop it. and in the wake of the attack on charlie hebdo, the pope condemned the violence but said there are limits to free speech. someone says is a swear word against my mother, and the pope
said, he's going to get a punch in the nose. and throughout it all, pope francis has earned some interesting titles. in 2013 "esquire" named him their best dressed man. and "time" gave him the iconic label of person of the year. "rolling stone" also elevated the pope to rock star status by making him the first religious head to grace the cover paired with the headline "the times they are a-changing." >> changing indeed. all in just two years. thank you for joining us. i'm andrew stevens. stay with us. after the break i'll be back with another hour of news from around the world. see you then. ooñóokñ.??????ó
a deadly crane collapse in the holy city of mecca with scores dead and more than 200 injured. we'll have the latest on what could have caused it and why. plus, there could be a lure to the left of british politics. we'll be live in london where a surprise candidate is now the favorite. and -- >> how are you going to create jobs in this country? >> i'm just going to do it. >> donald trump interviews himself, sort of. the interview just ahead. welcome to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world. i'm andrew stevens. you're watching "cnn newsroom." we begin in saudi arabia where an investigation is now underway after a crane collapsed on the grand mosque in mecca killing at least 107 people.
more than 200 people were injured when the crane came down during a storm around 5:30 p.m. local time on friday. cell phone videos captured the moment it fell. the tragedy struck just days before the heart of the annual pilgrimage which draws millions of visitors to the mosque. cranes were in the area working on the expansion project for the event. we are joined now from cairo with the latest on the investigation. ian, it's still early day, what are investigators saying, if anything, at this stage? >> reporter: they are looking into a lot of things with this accident. they are looking into, was this train secure or was there a default that possibly could have caused this accident. but they are also studying the weather as well. there are winds up to 80 kilometers per hour. that's roughly 50 miles per hour. there was lightning, rain, quite a freak thunderstorm that took
place at that time when the crane fell. but they also are pointing out that there were over a dozen other cranes that were in the vicinity that didn't fall over. they are going to be looking at that as well, but when you look at when this crane fell, it was -- even with over 100 people killed, quite fortunate at that timing because if it happened an hour later, that death toll could have been a lot higher as it was getting to that time of day on friday when muslims were going back to the mosque to pray. that mosque very packed during that time of prayer. but right now authorities are looking through the cell phone videos, they are looking really at everything to try to determine what exactly happened, what was the cause of that accident, andrew. >> now the grand mosque is so central in the hajj pilgrimage to get underway on september 21st. just tell us what happens there and what would have been happening or what will be happening around the grand mosque during the hojj.
>> reporter: well, a little bit from a week from now, millions will be descending upon mecca for the hajj. this is the holiest time of the year for muslims where they will be taking part in one of the five pillars of islam. one of the five essential things to do. anyone who is financially or physically able to go on the hajj partakes in this. there's a bunch of different stations that they go to. and this construction was exp d expanding in the grand mosque around the holiest site to accommodate more than 2 million people. this year they are expecting roughly about that many people to come to mecca. so with this sort of accident, unlikely to deter anyone, because most people, this is their life savings they put into going to mecca. but for saudi officials, they
want to reassure people that it is safe, that something like this won't happen again. >> yeah, and the irony here is that the cranes are being used to make that venue safer for so many people going there. ian lee there joining us live from cairo with the latest there. and now we'll turn to derek van dam to talk about weather conditions at the time of the collapse, which are being talked about as a key likelihood or key reason, perhaps. derek, listening to ian there who said wind speeds perhaps 80 kilometers an hour, that doesn't sound excessive for a crane. could it have been more than that? >> well, i think 80 kilometers really is probably the maximum considering the characteristics of thunderstorms in that area at the time. but ian, he created a very interesting point there, that if we go to the video of the actual collapse of the crane, look at
this. there are other cranes still standing. they are still susceptible to the wind that moved through the region regardless of it being 50 kilometers per hour or 80 kilometers per hour. so answers need to come out as to why the other cranes didn't collapse. you can clearly see that the weather was a factor. all kinds of particulates in the air, a mixture of heavy dust and rain. 50 lightning strikes were in and around mecca between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the time. here's the thunderstorm actually exploding rather quickly across the area. and it's all thanks to an area of low pressure that developed across the northern half of the red sea. there was an associated frontal boundary or cold front acting as that trigger mechanism to create this convective thunderstorm activity that moved across mecca. and with these quick-forming thunderstorms, there's often very intense updrafts and very intense downdrafts to follow
that. once they reach the surface of the earth, they have to spread out in all directions. and that is usually succeeded by colder air and winds. anywhere near 50 to 60 kilometers at times and higher other time. we have conditions from roughly when the crepe collapsed at 5:30 eastern local time through the period of two hours when the thunderstorm moved through, check this out. the temperature drops nearly 15 degrees celsius in the two-hour period. and you can see the cells eru erupting. and then we drop to 25 degrees by 7:00 p.m. in the evening local time. that was a significant thunderstorm. and it did have the potential to bring damage as it did so. now, look at this. we also have the possibility of more thunderstorms going forward. our computer models indicating that wet weather is possible when this is typically the
driest month of the year or one of the driest months of the year across saudi arabia. back to you. >> all right. derek, thank you very much for that. now, police say at least 50 people were killed and dozens injured when a building holding licensed explosives blew up in the state of kurdish. the blast also hit a crowded restaurant next door. officials are investigating to say a fire may have triggered the explosion. and emergency officials in japan are ordering nearly 185,000 people to move to safety because of historic flooding in the country's northeast. the officials are also warning nearly 3 million people in the region to be prepared to evacuate if conditions worsen. rescuers have been plucking families and sometimes stranded pets from homes inundated by floodwaters.
let's go to will ripley joining us from one of the hardest-hit areas 45 kilometers northeast of tokyo. two days into this, will, have authorities there, the rescue teams been able to reach everybody in need? >> reporter: it's incredible when you say two days in, because we were talking to emergency responders here who feel like this has been going on forever with an around-the-clock effort. and there are still people who need help as of a couple hours ago. there were a group of people at a local hospital being rescued a few at a time. they are safe and know that they are there, but they haven't been able to get a helicopter there and were using boats. you can only get a few people at a time on some of the boats. i'm staying in an area where they are doing a boat search around the clock here as well, but they are just wrapping things up. i'm watching the self-defense soldiers carrying the last boats
and loading them onto a truck. they are moving this operation to another staging area and then will continue their search. what they are doing is going from building to building, even if there wasn't an emergency call, they are searching the inside of homes and of other buildings to just make sure there's nobody perhaps still trapped in there who needs help. because two days on and there are still more than a dozen people who are not accounted for. not to say they haven't let authorities know they are okay or haven't checked in, but they want to be sure and that's why they are conducting an exhaustive search right now, andrew. >> you have been telling interesting stories, will, about what people have been telling you. just the sheer speed that these floods appear. just tell us a few of the stories you have been hearing. >> reporter: people are telling us a lot about the speed of the water and just how frightening fast it rose. i spoke with a lady yesterday who had a sewing machine she uses to make a living. all she had time to grab when woken up by the rising water was
that sewing machine full of things she was working on for customers. then she ran to the top floor of her house and still was in water up to her waist waiting to be rescued. and a family today had to leave their dog behind. and that was two days ago. they saw their dog as the floodwaters were rising standing on a pile of wet logs. they went back with the searchers today and went into a boat and were able to rescue their pet. it was a great reunion. everybody there was crying and i asked them what the ordeal has been like for them. >> and what sort of response was it? what were they telling you? >> reporter: well, what they were going to tell you, sorry, i thought we were kug up the interview there. they told me they have lost pretty much everything as far as their possessions go. in fact, their 15-year-old
daughter, i spoke to her a few minutes ago, she was at school when the floods happened so she was safe. she wasn't in the path of the rising water. but she is still wearing her school uniform. everything else, all of this 15-year-old girl's possessions in their home along with all their documents and whatnot. but at least they are back together as a family and have each other. and i told this 15-year-old girl that i was so sorry for what she lost. and she just said, we are starting from scratch. it's a tough time but they are thankful to be doing it together. >> will, thank you very much for that. will ripley joining us from japan. and now to the latest in the migrant crisis. thousands more migrants are flocking into hungary and austria right now. hungarian authorities have been told to expect 40,000 more migrants and refugees by next week. this video shows refugees waiting in grim conditions at
the hungarian/serbian border. >> we heard of one woman whose husband had a heart attack five days ago. he was taken to the hospital and shep doesn't know if he's alive or dead. there's a vast situation here at the border. and one of the problems is the hungarian authorities don't want to ask for assistance to treat the people properly. they have no interpretors or doctors. nothing to treat the people in the humane way. >> the migrants are trying to make it to hungary before this fence is finished along the hungarian border. they hope to have the barbed wire fence done by october. it is 4 meters high. it is shaping up to be the most controversial crisis.
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welcome back. now we are about an hour or so away from an election result that could signal a possible lurch to the left in british politics. after a humiliating defeat in the general election in the united kingdom last may, the opposition labor party is said to announce its new leader. and a surprise candidate has appeared as the favorite. jeremy corbyn is a 66-year-old veteran socialist who has been a member of parliament for more than three decades. for the latest we'll go to our london correspondent max foster. how likely is it that jeremy corbyn will be the new leader? >> reporter: well, looking at the polls it is very likely indeed. obviously, we have to wait until the moment, that's about an hour away as you were saying, but he's just arrived and it felt like a rock star arrival. this was the guy the outsider going into the leadership contest and is now the frontrunner. he's firmly from the left and there's been a huge number of new supporters for the labor
party since he's been leading in the campaign. hundreds of thousands of people have joined up to be in the labor party. and he's a divisive figure in the labor party. but he's redefining what the opposition is about here in the u.k. to become a political debate here where i am right now. the announcement will be made in the hold behind me in just an hour. the comparison is going on with what is happening in the u.s. politics. so donald trump on the other end of the political spectrum is also selling himself to the nonestablishment political voter. so here's a comparison of the two. >> okay, max, i think we are going to get to that story in a moment. just before we get to that, jeremy corbyn is a socialist.
>> reporter: i'm not able to hear you properly, andrew. but effectively what has happened here is there's an outsider from the event will. and all the candidates are really from the center of the party or slightly to the left. they are former ministers and current shadow ministers. and jeremy corbyn came in and pushed forward by people. it is just the rank outsider. but he's tapped into something, which is i think conviction politics, answering politics. and he has tapped into the dislugment and the youth where many feel he is selling himself as an individual who believes in his policy. and young people have signed up to labor as part of that. and this is very different from
another political figure like donald trump. >> reporter: two countries, two contests, two very different candidates. the man on the left, jeremy corbyn is an idealist, vegetarian and wants to become the leader of the u.k. party. the man on the right, donald trump, billionaire, tv personality. he wants to win the republican nomination for president. while they seem miles apart in political terms, they are both maverick anti-establishment figures. and if you believe the polls, they are both in the lead. >> first of all, apologies that not everybody can get in here tonight. >> reporter: and if you haven't heard of jeremy corbyn before, well, neither had many in britain before this summer. now this 66-year-old packs out every venue he speaks at. >> people have had enough of the politics of abuse and the
politics of control. this is about the politics of democracy. >> reporter: and he seems to have gained a big following amongst millenials. >> a lot of young people who have become disengaged in politics, some of the young people can relate to. >> it's not the politics of fear, it's the politics of hope. >> reporter: in the u.s. donald trump's plain-speaking style also has popular appeal. >> the main reason why i support trump is because he is not politically correct, i would say. >> he's loud, he's boisterous and i want to hear somebody with a little guts to say yes. >> reporter: observers say both trump and corbyn are tapping into the same emotions. >> i think what is giving the parties and individuals momentum is the austerity that followed the 2007/2008 financial crash. and the belief that's flowed
from that, the globalization international capitalism is basically there for the rich and 1%. >> the governing class has become a professional club. and there is a tendency to think, maybe this is some sort of conspiracy against the people. >> this concept of austerity is enriching the riches. >> reporter: so could the two outsiders go all the way? will we ever see president trump welcoming prime minister corbyn to the white house? >> i think the idea of corbyn has prime minister of britain is propro ispreposterous. but they can damage, deeply damage the existing establishment parties. >> reporter: however far they get in their campaigns, donald trump, jeremy corbyn and others like them are putting a passion and the polarization back into
politics. corbyn is offering a new type of politics. donald trump offering the same thing as well, but they are on the complete opposite ends of the political spectrum. but they are both energizing their campaigns. >> absolutely. the dissatisfaction with the mainstream political class there. max, thank you for that. max will be joining us in just over an hour from now as we have the announcement of the leadership of the labor party. interesting times on the u.k. political scene. naturally, stay with us for that. let's turn now to the turmoil in northern ireland where the good friday agreement that was signed in 1998 held up as a significant that inture example of conflict resolution. but 17 years later the power-sharing agreement is teetering on the brink. allegations that the provisional ira was involved in a murder this month has cost union politicians to resign their
posts. phil black has more. >> reporter: the name for this violent period always sounds like a bitter understatement. decades of brutality, more than 3,000 people killed. this was one of its darkest days. bloody sunday, january 1972. british soldiers fired on a crowd killing 13 people. the troubles were really a long war fought over identity and territory. on one side the republicans overwhelmingly catholic who wanted northern ireland to join the republic of ireland. the loyalists mostly protestant believing they should remain part of the united kingdom. both sides pursued their goal with violence and intimidation. but the irish republican army, ira, stood out targeting civilians and the british government. they tried to get then prime
minister margaret thatcher bombing a grand hotel in 1984. they also missed her successor john mayor after firing mortar rounds in 1991. throughout all this there were attempts by the governments to negotiate. but both decided militarir mill was impossible. the military talks ended in 1998 with a historic good friday agreement. this deal would see republicans and loyalists renounce violence and govern together. >> this may be the day when, finally, after all the false thorns and dashed hopes, peace replaced war. >> reporter: and in the near sense, northern ireland has seen reasons for optimism. much reduced violence, former
enemies governing and laughing together. republicans and royalty extending hands. but decades of distrust haven't been wiped away altogether. the power-sharing arrangement has frequently lurched into crisis. the ira's reluctance caused the suspension of self-government for several years. now it's allegations that the ira still exists, which could bring it all down once more. northern ireland police have suggested members of the ira might have been involved in a murder last month. the police haven't provided any evidence and republicans long considered the ira's political allies to say it isn't true. but unionist politicians insist it is now impossible for both sides to govern together. >> they continue to exist in the ira structures and the arrests that followed have pushed the coalition to the brink. >> reporter: this could prove to be northern ireland's most
serious crisis since the peace deal. but it is also reigned in by one powerful effect, few people want things to go back to the way they were. phil black, cnn, london. now that the iran nuclear deal appears to be nearing reality, many are optimistic. we'll look at the mood among iran's people as well as the leadership. stay with us. and coming up a little later, it reads like an x-files version of david and goliath. but there's nothing fictional over one family's fight with the military over area 51.
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welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm andrew stevens. here's an update on the top stories we are following this hour. rescuers are still looking for survivors after a powerful explosion in india. at least 50 people have been killed and dozens more injured after a licensed explosive blew up in the city 500 miles south of new delhi. a neighboring restaurant was crowded with people when the blast ripped through the area. and singapore's ruling party is celebrating a sweeping victory at the polls. the election commission there says with 94% voter turnout, the people's action party won 83 of the 89 seats. and that strengthens the mandate of the prime minister that has been in power since 2004. the japanese government has
ordered the evacuation of nearly 185,000 people from dangerously flooded areas. unprecedented downpours pounded eastern japan this week jumping 60 centimeters of rain in some areas. at least three people have died and at least 27 have been injured. and a bad storm is being blamed for toppling a construction crane at a grand mosque in mecca. it killed at least 107 people and injured more than 200. amateur video captured the moment the crane fell on friday. it comes a little more than a week before the hajj, that's the annual pilgrimage to bring millions of muslims to the city. well, on that story we have been joined on the line by our colleague, the editor and chief of the saudi gazette. thank you so much for joining us. i just wanted to start by asking you about the reaction to the tragedy in saudi arabia. what have been -- what have
people been saying? >> reporter: going back to the story, i think right now mecca and the whole country are in a daze. i talked to somebody in mecca and there's a ball of gloom. and people are now consumed with this tragedy around september 22nd. rescue operations are still going on. the investigation committee has been said to be in mecca, but right now they are just speculating the cause on this due to weather. >> it's too early to speculate, but there have been some questions raised about the fact that this was just one of several cranes around the grand mosque to topple over. the question is, why just the
one that was hit? >> reporter: well, if you go by the averages, we don't expect all of them to fall. but with the wind, it was like a tsunami type of gush according to a resident of mecca. at about 4:30 the winds were really getting too much. and he had just left his house to go to the mosque and decided not to go. now about four or five miles away, the trees were uprooted and windows in buildings were shattered. so that was the velocity of this. and it's unfortunate it has happened, but fortunately it did not happen at 6:30 or earlier in the day at 1:00. otherwise you would have scores, maybe thousands more injured. >> that is a chilling thought. you said, khaled, there was a
lot of gloom over what happened in mecca. is it likely to affect people's decision to come to the hajj? 2 million people are expected. will some say no, we'll miss it this year because of what's happened? >> reporter: yes, i think people from southern saudi arabia may have a change of mind or heart and may not go. but people from outside the city had to go through travel agencies and group travel to come, so i expect the no-shows to be from within the country and not from outside. >> okay. editor at large with the saudi gazette, thank you so much for joining us, khaled. the obama administration is expected to begin implementing terms with iran later this month. the republican-led house of representatives on friday held
two votes airing the majority's disapproval of the pact. the results were symbolic a day after the senate sealed its future. we'll go to fred planken here who has more for us. speaking out against the u.s. in recent days, what have the iranians been saying about this now? >> reporter: it's been controversially, less so here in iran because it really isn't a deviation from the policies that this country has had over the past 36 to 37 years. however, of course, listening to it internationally, it did seem to make it very difficult for congress, for instance, to support the obama administration on the iran vote. now, basically he said two things. the one thing he said was that he believes that in 25 years, which is the term of some of the provisions within the nuclear agreement, that within the 25
years he didn't believe that israel would exist anymore. and the second thing that he said was that even with this nuclear agreement in place, iran would maintain its hard line toward the united states. they still consider the united states a great satan. and he said there would be no negotiations on other issues except for this nuclear agreement with the united states. so some very strong words. those certainly resonated and were heard internationally. and many people believe there's a political backdrop to all of this because, of course, we know the supreme leaders are main backers here in iran. the ones that give him the most loyal support are the hard-liners, both in the military as well as in the clergy. and it's no secret that many of them are worried about the nuclear agreement hammered out and feel iran has gotten a bad deal. so it could be a hidden chance to keep the troops in line, trying to keep them happy while
the very exciting times and very uncertain times for those who are in power at this point, andrew. >> absolutely. but this is clearly all, i guess the question is, how clearly is this minority view, the anti-u.s. feeling? >> reporter: well, i mean, there is a lot of distrust towards the united states. and that's something that does, indeed, transcend a large part of the population. but the large staunch american view is not shared by a large majority anymore. what you have here is a lot of people at this point in time who want the nuclear agreement and want sanctions relief and want international investments to come here to iran also from the united states. there have been politicians here who said, look, the sanctions were levied from the united states against iran. it wasn't the iranians trying to keep u.s. businesses out of this country. but of course there is that hard line and they are very powerful because, of course, the supreme leader does have the final say
over any sort of policies, the clergy is very powerful here. and the military as well, especially the elite revolutionary guard. they do have a major say in policy matters here in this country, andrew. >> fred planken there joining us live from tehran. area 51 may be one of the most talked about top secret military bases on the planet. and guess what? it's back in the headlines, but not because of aliens. why? i'll tell you in just a moment. t and one of delicious sweet. to satisfy the adult and kid - in all of us. ♪ ♪ nutritious wheat for the adult you've grown into. and delicious sweet for the kid you'll never outgrow... feed your inner kidult... with frosted mini-wheats®
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and while they have never seen flying saucers, they have dealt with nuclear tests, bombing runs and gunfire. now they say the military is trying to force them off their own land. cnn's dan simon reports. >> reporter: area 51 along with its alleged aliens and ufos may be fictionalized in hollywood, but the top secret u.s. military site two hours north of las vegas is now part of a real life drama. >> this place means everything to us. >> reporter: joe sheman and his family owned land near the site for 130 years. decades before the federal government made it a testing site for weapons. nobody is allowing on their military property without an escort and now the military wants the family gone saying they can't guarantee their safety. they are looking to seize their 400 acres through imminent
domain since they are rejecting a generous buyout of $5.2 million. why not take the buyout? >> because we believe it's worth more than that and worth fighting for. >> no part of me says to settle. i won't. >> reporter: no settle because the family wants people to know they are not wealthy or crazy says the government owes them for more atrocities and abuse. this is home video of their property where they say they have come dangerously close to military exercises. the family has collected numerous bullet casings over the years. the fight dates back to the 1950s when the sheehans say the remnants of this can still be seen. >> it was a missile, bomb or something of that nature. >> reporter: and nuclear weapons testing back then exposed their property to dangerous radiation. >> i would describe what they have done to us as nothing short of criminal. >> the family is basically saying that you guys are a bunch
of bullies. >> our intent was, is and never will be to be that bully. >> reporter: colonel thomas dempsey oversees the area around the family's property and says none of their negotiations have been substantiated. but the situation has become unintelable. >> we have tried to cancel missions when they come out on the range. and that's at a tremendous expense to taxpayers. >> reporter: do you acknowledge at any point you have interfered with their operations? >> no. no. i didn't create this mess, they did. they surrounded us. they built that facility there. we were there. >> reporter: dan simon, cnn, rachel, nevada. well, a somber friday in the u.s. as people around the country observed the 14th anniversary of the september 11 attacks.
>> vin joseph bates. >> max jay bilky. >> every year loved ones read the names of all the nearly 3,000 victims who died that day. moments of silence also recalled exactly when the planes hit. in 2001 two jet liners hit the new york world trade center towers. a third ran into the pentagon and a fourth crashed into an empty field in pennsylvania. the images were haunting but many americans say the attacks left the country strongly united. in the western u.s. state of colorado, thousands gathered to recognize the sacrifices of firefighters on that terrifying day. firefighters in denver dressed in full gear and climbed a tall outdoor amphitheater to honor the men and women who climbed 110 stories that day. >> just our pants and coats are probably about 15 pounds. then our pack is another 35.
>> 110 stories. >> a lot of people don't know how high that is. and to walk the stairs in plain clothes gives them a much better appreciation. >> what they are doing today is not as hard as they did that day. >> my son is a firefighter for evans fire department. hey, guys. so amazing to see the brotherhood of the firefighters. >> it's amazing to see the camaraderie of the fire departments. >> we are working hard and realizing what they went through is a million times harder. and they gave the ultimate sacrifice. >> some of them made it through there and didn't come back. so we have to honor their memory. >> just imagine the adrenaline rush they were feeling climbing up those stairs not knowing what
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helicopter. >> reporter: fiorina now officially set to come face to face with trump and the other top contenders on the main stage of the cnn republican debate next wednesday at 8:00 p.m. eastern. many waiting to see whether fiorina will directly address trump's rude comments about her this week. the front-runner telling "rolling stone" magazine, look at that face. would anyone vote for that? can you imagine that, the face of our next president? i mean, she's a woman and i'm not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. are we serious? while trump often doubles down on his most controversial remarks, this time he seemed unsure of how to address the criticism that is again disparaging women making comments about the looks of the only woman on the republican side of the race. >> many of those comments are made as an entertainer because i did "the apprentice," and as everybody said as an entertainer is a much different ball game. >> but before that he offered a different explanation. >> you know it's not
presidential to say something that unkind. >> reporter: trump still has strong support from republican women voters right now according to the latest cnn/orc poll. as for fiorina, so far she hasn't been keen on addressing trump's comments. >> i'm not running because i'm a woman. i've never been a token in my life. and i don't expect people to vote for me because i'm a woman. i expect them to vote for me because i'm the most qualified candidate to do the job. >> reporter: perhaps because fiorina herself weighed in on the looks of a female opponent in politics before. >> i saw barbara boxer on television this morning and everyone said, god, what is that hair? so yesterday. >> reporter: at the time in 2010, fiorina was running for the senate and eventually lost to barbara boxer. >> trump made his first late night tv appearance of the
campaign friday night. and was his usual colorful self. republican frontrunner stopping the show by -- or starting the show with jimmy fallon and got interviewed by himself. >> i'm about to go out for my interview with jimmy fallon. i'll call you back after i comb my hair. talk to you in three hours. wow. i look fantastic. >> question one, are you ready for the republican debate next week? >> you know, the truth is, i'm always ready. it's really going to be a big debate, but i'm always ready. >> it's not just big, it's huge! huge! huge! huge! huge! how are you going to create jobs in this country? >> i'm just going to do it.
>> you said that you would get mexico to build a wall at the border. how do you plan to do that? >> well, since i'm you, why don't you tell me. >> how am i going to get mexico to build a wall? easy. i'll challenge them to the biggest game of jenga ever. or make them set up the board. and then when they finish, i'll say, i don't want to play anymore. >> vice president is a very serious job, so i'm probably going to go with somebody else. i would say maybe kanye west. >> the key to the crowd's entertainment there. that's "cnn newsroom" for this hour. thank you for joining us. i'm andrew stevens. for everyone in the u.s., "new day" will begin shortly.
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